Adventures in the Rifle Brigade in the Peninsula, France and the Netherlands: From 1809 to 1815

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T. and W. Boone, 1830 - 351 pages
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Page viii - Their dearest action in the tented field ; And little of this great world can I speak, More than pertains to feats of broil and battle ; And therefore little shall I grace my cause, In speaking for myself; yet by your gracious patience, I will a roun'd...
Page viii - For since these arms of mine had seven years' pith, Till now, some nine moons wasted, they have used Their dearest action in the tented field ; And little of this great world can I speak, More than pertains to feats of broil and battle ; And therefore little shall I grace my cause, In speaking for myself; yet by your...
Page 109 - the current of soldiers setting toward the centre of the town, I followed the stream, which conducted me into the great square ;-on one side of which the late garrison were drawn up as prisoners; and the rest of it was filled with British and Portuguese intermixed, without any order or regularity. I had been there but a very short time, when they all commenced firing, without any ostensible cause : some fired at the doors and windows, some at the roofs of houses, and others at the clouds ; and, at...
Page 35 - Who is that fellow there," (pointing to the enemy's sentry, close to us,) and, on being told that he was a Frenchman, " Then why the devil don't you shoot him ! " Repeated acts of civility passed between the French and us during this tacit suspension of hostilities.
Page 45 - ... at the time fixed, with his haversack in his hand. A haversack on service is a sort of dumb waiter. The mess have a good many things in common, but the contents of the haversack are exclusively the property of its owner ; and a well regulated one ought never to be without the following furniture, unless when the perishable part is consumed, in consequence of every other means of supply having failed, viz.
Page 331 - ... for men's lives were held very cheap there. " For the two or three succeeding hours there was no variety with us, but one continued blaze of musketry. The smoke hung so thick about, that, although not more than eighty yards asunder, we could only distinguish each other by the flashes of the pieces.
Page 49 - ... did, nor do I care three buttons what this or t'other person thinks he did, I shall limit all my descriptions to such events as immediately concerned the important personage most interested in this history. " Be it known, then, that I was one of a crowd of skirmishers who were enabling the French ones to carry the news of their own defeat through a thick wood at an infantry canter when I found myself all at once within a few yards of one of their regiments in line, which opened such a fire that...
Page 333 - This movement had carried us clear of the smoke, and, to people who had been for so many hours enveloped in darkness, in the midst of destruction, and naturally anxious about the result of the day, the scene which now met the eye conveyed a feeling of more exquisite gratification than can be conceived. It was a fine summer's evening, just before sunset. The French were flying in one confused mass. British lines were seen in close pursuit, and in admirable order, as far as the eye could reach to the...
Page 46 - ... a sausage, a little tea and sugar, a knife, fork, and spoon, a tin cup, (which answers to the names of tea-cup, soup-plate, wine-glass, and tumbler,) a pair of socks, a piece of soap, a tooth-brush, towel, and comb, and half a dozen cigars.
Page 309 - Buonaparte's theory, the victory was theirs, by all the rules of war, for they held superior numbers, both before and behind us ; but the gallant old Picton, who had been trained in a different school, did not choose to confine himself to rules in those matters : despising the force in his rear, he advanced, charged, and routed those in his front, which created such a panic among the others, that they galloped back through the intervals in his division, with no other object in view but their own...

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